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From John Murray   27 January 1860

Summary

Presents statement of expenses and anticipated profit of the new edition of 3000 copies [of Origin].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Jan 1860
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 p. 78)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2664B

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  • … From John Murray   27 January 1860 …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. …
  • … 41913 p. 78) John Murray 27 Jan 1860 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … reads: ‘633/6/8’. For a transcript of John Murray’s ledger listing the cost of and profits …
  • … Origin , see Peckham ed.  1959, pp.  775–6. See letter to John Murray, [25 January 1860] . …

To John Murray   22 [November 1860]

Summary

Asks how soon he must send proofs [of Origin, 3d ed.] to printer. His corrections would not take more than three weeks. The longest job will be to glance over the endless reviews to guide him in his corrections.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 [Nov 1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 72–73)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3029

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  • … To John Murray   22 [November 1860] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 72–73) Charles Robert Darwin Down 22 [Nov 1860] John Murray
  • … mark up his corrections. See letter to John Murray, 3 December [1860] . CD refers to his …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … the preceding letter and to the letter to John Murray, 3 December [1860] . Mudie’s Select …
  • … Correspondence vol.  7, letter to John Murray, 24 November [1859] , n.  1). The library …

To John Murray   30 [January 1860]

Summary

Suggests it would be easier and cheaper if he were given one or two pages in preface [to Journal of researches] for two or three important errors. Would like to take out one sentence if present preface is not stereotyped. Table of contents is shabby.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 [Jan 1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.92–93)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2616

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  • … To John Murray   30 [January 1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.92–93) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 30 [Jan 1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of Capt. FitzRoy RN. By Charles Darwin. Reprint edition. London: John Murray. 1860. …
  • … by the relationship to the letter to John Murray, 29 January [1860] . The new issue of …

To John Murray   23 [January 1860]

Summary

Has agreed to permit P. T. A. Talandier to translate the Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 [Jan 1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.62–63)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2664

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  • … To John Murray   23 [January 1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.62–63) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 23 [Jan 1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … See Correspondence vol.  7, letter to John Murray, 14 November [1859] . Louise Swanton …

To John Murray   5 February [1860]

Summary

Thanks JM for highly flattering extract from German newspaper.

Asks JM to take steps to reserve to CD right of translation in Germany.

If there is to be a new title-page to Journal of researches, it would be a "splendid puff" to put in "7th thousand", or if Colburn’s 1500 can be added: "8th thousand".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Feb [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.88–89)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2688

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  • … To John Murray   5 February [1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.88–89) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 5 Feb [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … German edition of Origin . See letter to John Murray, 3 February [1860] . The extract from …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

To John Murray   4 April [1860]

Summary

Has not yet read Huxley’s review of Origin in Westminster Review [Apr 1860].

F. J. Pictet has published an excellent review, though opposed to CD, in Bibliothèque Universelle de Genève [Mar 1860].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Apr [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 76)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2745

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  • … To John Murray   4 April [1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. …
  • … 76) Charles Robert Darwin Down 4 Apr [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Pictet de la Rive, François Jules. …
  • … Correspondence vol.  7, letter to John Murray, 10 December 1859 ). [T.  H.  Huxley] 1860b. …

To John Murray   3 December [1860]

Summary

Asks again how great a hurry there is for new edition [of Origin, 3d ed.]. Corrections will enlarge volume by a dozen or twenty pages, plus a short historical sketch. Would like "With Corrections" in title.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.80–81)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3004

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  • … To John Murray   3 December [1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.80–81) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 3 Dec [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 22 [November 1860] . The sketch had been composed for the …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1861. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

To John Murray   20 November [1860]

Summary

Hears Origin [2d ed.] was sold out. Next edition will need a good many alterations. Asks JM to provide him with a copy of the second revised U. S. edition. He wants to see how his long corrections look in type.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Nov [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.77–78)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2990

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  • … To John Murray   20 November [1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.77–78) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 20 Nov [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … Mount, Shrewsbury. See preceding letter. John Murray’s publishing firm held annual sales …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Origin US ed. : On the origin of …

To John Murray   7 June [1860]

Summary

Asks how Origin [2d ed.] is selling and whether a new edition is likely to be wanted "soon, ever, or never". Asks partly from curiosity, partly because of a break in his work, and the answer will decide what his next job will be.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  7 June [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 79)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2824

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  • … To John Murray   7 June [1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. …
  • … 79) Charles Robert Darwin Down 7 June [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To John Murray   12 October [1860]

Summary

Lyell tells CD Origin still sells "pretty well", which pleases and surprises him. If a new edition should be called for, he has a good many corrections and a historical preface for it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  12 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.82–83)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2947

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  • … To John Murray   12 October [1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.82–83) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Eastbourne 12 Oct [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … of £ 42 18 s . 8 d . , made out to John Murray, is recorded in CD’s Account book (Down …

To John Murray   3 August [1860]

Summary

Thanks JM for Quarterly Review [July 1860] in which he is "quizzed splendidly". The Bishop [Wilberforce] misrepresents him often, but clever men think they can write a review with very slight knowledge of the book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Aug [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.74–75)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2888

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  • … To John Murray   3 August [1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.74–75) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 3 Aug [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. [Wilberforce, Samuel. ] 1860. [ …
  • … review of Origin ( [Wilberforce] 1860 ). John Murray, who published Origin , was also the …

To John Murray   4 February [1860]

Summary

Final arrangements for new edition of Journal of researches [1860]. Wants one copy to give to P. L. Sclater, who has aided him.

Asks that copy of Origin be sent immediately to Schweizerbart for German translation.

Asa Gray is going to bring out an edition of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Feb [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.84–85)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2686

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  • … To John Murray   4 February [1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.84–85) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 4 Feb [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of Journal of researches (see letters to John Murray, [25 January 1860] and 30 [January  …
  • … Darwin. Reprint edition. London: John Murray. 1860. Journal of researches : Journal of …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

To John Murray   [25 January 1860]

Summary

CD asks how soon JM will go to press with Journal [of researches]; thinks he had better look it over to see if progress of science has made any correction necessary.

P.S. Asa Gray has written that Origin has caused great excitement in U. S. Agassiz has denounced it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [25 Jan 1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.64–67)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2632

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  • … To John Murray   [25 January 1860] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.64–67) Charles Robert …
  • … Darwin London, Queen Anne St, 57 [25 Jan 1860] John Murray
  • … see Correspondence vol.  3, letter to John Murray, [31 May 1845] , and Freeman 1977 , p.   …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  7, letter to John Murray, 22 December [1859] ). See letter to Asa …
  • … additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. Journal of researches : Journal …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … were the printers generally employed by John Murray. They printed Journal of researches 2d …

To John Murray   3 February [1860]

Summary

Has not yet obtained information for the most important correction for Journal of researches.

Has told P. T. A. Talandier that JM will declare that CD has full authority to give him right and profit of translation of Origin. Unless he hears by return, CD assumes JM does not object.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Feb [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.86–87)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2681

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  • … To John Murray   3 February [1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.86–87) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 3 Feb [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

To John Murray   29 January [1860]

Summary

Had forgotten that Journal [of researches] was stereotyped. Not worth while now to improve style. Wants to make a few corrections, if possible, on p. 378.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  29 Jan [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.96–97)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2668

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  • … To John Murray   29 January [1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.96–97) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 29 Jan [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … new edition of Journal of researches . John Murray published the second edition of Journal …

To John Murray   9 April [1860]

Summary

Asks that a copy of Origin [1860] be sent to R. A. von Kölliker.

A venomous review "manifestly by Owen" has appeared in Edinburgh Review.

Sedgwick has been fierce in Spectator, but fair and open.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Apr [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.90–91)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2752

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  • … To John Murray   9 April [1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.90–91) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 9 Apr [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. [Sedgwick, Adam. ] 1860. Objections to …

To John Murray   5 December [1860]

Summary

Reminds JM that copies of diagram must be printed off [for Origin, 3d ed.]. It must be carefully reproduced or parts of the book will be as unintelligible as Hebrew. Hopes never again to have to make so many additions in order that many rather stupid reviewers will at least understand what he meant.

There is a good article on the Origin in Macmillan’s Magazine [by Henry Fawcett].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.60–61)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3010

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  • … To John Murray   5 December [1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.60–61) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 5 Dec [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

To John Murray   18 May [1860]

Summary

Thanks for six copies of Journal of researches [1860 ed.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  18 May [1860]
Classmark:  Dunedin Public Library (Reed collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2810

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  • … To John Murray   18 May [1860] …
  • … Public Library (Reed collection) Charles Robert Darwin Down 18 May [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

From Philip Lutley Sclater   [3? February 1860]

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Summary

Lists land birds of Galapagos and discusses their distribution on mainland of S. America.

Author:  Philip Lutley Sclater
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [3? Feb 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 205.3: 289
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2683

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  • … Sclater’s initials. See letter to John Murray, 4 February [1860] . The number of CD’s …
  • … 1860, it seems that CD did not send the manuscript to John Murray until 4 February ( …
  • … see letter to John Murray, 4 February [1860] ). In earlier editions of Journal of …
  • … Charles Darwin. Reprint edition. London: John Murray. 1860. Journal of researches 2d ed. : …
  • … additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. Journal of researches : Journal …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Richmond, Charles W. 1902. Note on …

From Asa Gray   [10 January 1860]

Summary

Agassiz denounces Origin as "atheistical";

AG is currently reviewing it [in Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 29 (1860): 153–84].

Jeffries Wyman praises it, though not a convert.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [10 Jan 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 98 (ser. 2): 26a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2631

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  • … by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8. Origin : On the origin of species …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … Gray, 23 January 1860 , and letter to John Murray, [25 January 1860] . Jeffries Wyman, a …
  • … 1859, to be forwarded to Gray by John Murray, the English publisher (see Correspondence …
  • … vol.  7, letter to John Murray, 22 December [1859] ), and Gray began negotiations with …
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John Murray

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Darwin's most famous book On the origin of species by means of natural selection (Origin) was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, particularly politics, travel and science, and had published…

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  • … was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, …
  • … his name and in 1768 acquired a publishing house. The third John Murray, who followed his father as …
  • … house; the seventh sold the business in 2002. The  John Murray Archive  was acquired by the  …
  • … University Library  a similar number of letters from John Murray and Robert Cooke, his cousin and …
  • … had proved to be a scientific best-seller for the second John Murray, to open negotiations with his …
  • … began the business relationship between Charles Darwin and John Murray. Darwin’s next …
  • … . Again he asked Lyell to act as his intermediary with John Murray ( Letter 2437 ), who, without …
  • … had paid Darwin profits of nearly £3000. The third John Murray made a successful business …
  • … ). Darwin’s next publishing project with John Murray in 1869 was a translation into English …
  • … in the  Quarterly Review , a magazine published by John Murray.The pamphlets were not primarily …
  • … his orders ( Letter 8616 ). However, when Robert Cooke, John Murray’s cousin, went round to …

List of correspondents

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Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. Click on a name to see the letters Darwin exchanged with that correspondent.    "A child of God" (1) Abberley,…

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Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

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The year was marked by three deaths of personal significance to Darwin: Hugh Falconer, a friend and supporter; Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle; and William Jackson Hooker, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and father of Darwin’s friend…

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  • … Variation . In March Darwin wrote to his publisher, John Murray, ‘Of present book I have 7 …
  • … forward, except the last & concluding one’ ( letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] ). In …
  • … will be ready for the press in the autumn’ ( letter to John Murray, 4 April [1865] ). In early …
  • … ‘I am never idle when I can do anything’ ( letter to John Murray, 2 June [1865] ). It was not …

Darwin in letters, 1867: A civilised dispute

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Charles Darwin’s major achievement in 1867 was the completion of his large work, The variation of animals and plants under domestication (Variation). The importance of Darwin’s network of correspondents becomes vividly apparent in his work on expression in…

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  • … of the size of the two-volume work from his publisher, John Murray, he wrote to Murray on 3 …
  • … is as good as praise for selling a Book’ ( letter to John Murray, 31 January [1867] ). A …
  • … to translate  Variation . Indeed, he told his publisher, John Murray, in a letter of 4 April …
  • … time it took William Sweetland Dallas to prepare the index. John Murray had engaged Dallas and …

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

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  • … to spread my views’, he wrote to his publisher, John Murray, on 30 January , shortly after …
  • … photographic plates with his overseas publishers, and with John Murray’s assistant, the excitable …
  • … of the booksellers, encouraged an originally cautious John Murray to gamble on the book’s success: & …
  • … attractive dishes in his `Literary Banquet’ (letters from John Murray, 6 November [1872] and 9 …

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

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  • … of anonymous reviews. Its proprietor was none other than John Murray, Darwin’s publisher. So …
  • … to review me in a hostile spirit’ ( letter to John Murray, 11 August 1874 ). Darwin was …
  • … number of the Review & in the same type’  ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). George …
  • … from E. A. Darwin, 17 [March 1874] ). He tried to persuade John Murray to publish a second edition …
  • … authority on marriage customs in  Descent  ( see letter John Murray, 9 May [1874] ). He …

Rewriting Origin - the later editions

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For such an iconic work, the text of Origin was far from static. It was a living thing that Darwin continued to shape for the rest of his life, refining his ‘one long argument’ through a further five English editions.  Many of his changes were made in…

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  • … a larger target audience were also made.  Darwin persuaded John Murray to include a glossary of …

Women as a scientific audience

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Target audience? | Female readership | Reading Variation Darwin's letters, in particular those exchanged with his editors and publisher, reveal a lot about his intended audience. Regardless of whether or not women were deliberately targeted as a…

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  • … chapters of Origin of Species to his publisher, John Murray. He hopes that his views are …

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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The year 1871 was an extremely busy and productive one for Darwin, with the publication in February of his long-awaited book on human evolution, Descent of man. The other main preoccupation of the year was the preparation of his manuscript on expression.…

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  • … ‘a windbag full of metaphysics & classics’ ( letter to John Murray, 13 April [1871] ). …
  • … he suspected that very few would actually sell (letters to John Murray, 17 August [1871] and …

Origin

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Darwin’s most famous work, Origin, had an inauspicious beginning. It grew out of his wish to establish priority for the species theory he had spent over twenty years researching. Darwin never intended to write Origin, and had resisted suggestions in 1856…

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  • … In late March, Lyell had a word with his own publisher, John Murray, who had already published …

Darwin in letters, 1858-1859: Origin

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The years 1858 and 1859 were, without doubt, the most momentous of Darwin’s life. From a quiet rural existence filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on species, he was jolted into action by the arrival of an unexpected letter from Alfred Russel Wallace…

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  • … Lyell, 28 March [1859] ). Lyell suggested the firm of John Murray, publishers of the second edition …
  • … letter from Elwin to Murray, 3 May 1859 , and letter to John Murray, 6 May [1859] ). The …
  • … (letters to Charles Lyell, 28 March [1859] , and to John Murray, 10 September [1859] ), but …
  • … would change their minds without good cause.’ ( letter to John Murray, 2 December [1859] ). …

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

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1862 was a particularly productive year for Darwin. This was not only the case in his published output (two botanical papers and a book on the pollination mechanisms of orchids), but more particularly in the extent and breadth of the botanical experiments…

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  • … buy it. When he submitted the manuscript to his publisher, John Murray, he boasted: ‘I can say with …
  • … in the least , whether the Book will sell’ ( letter to John Murray, 9 [February 1862] ). To his …

St George Jackson Mivart

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In the second half of 1874, Darwin’s peace was disturbed by an anonymous article in the Quarterly Review suggesting that his son George was opposed to the institution of marriage and in favour of ‘unrestrained licentiousness’. Darwin suspected, correctly,…

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  • … also wondering whether he should break off relations with John Murray, his own publisher and also …
  • … courteous response, agreeing to all he asked ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). …
  • … having been used in a Pickwickian sense’ ( letter to John Murray, 18 October 1874 ). In other …

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate aspects of the…

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  • … domestication . Having been advertised by the publisher John Murray as early as 1865, the two …
  • … in the British Museum, agreed about the authorship. John Murray thought it was by Gray himself, but …
  • … me in the face, but not behind my back’ ( letter to John Murray, 25 February [1868] ). Wallace …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

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‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … .’ Hooker also directed some of his anger toward John Murray, the publisher of the …
  • … to pay the costs for printing an additional 250 ( letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 ). In …

Darwin in letters, 1863: Quarrels at home, honours abroad

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At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

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  • … At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of  The variation of …

John Lort Stokes

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John Lort Stokes, naval officer, was Charles Darwin’s cabinmate on the Beagle voyage – not always an enviable position.  After Darwin’s death, Stokes penned a description of their evenings spent working at the large table at the centre, Stokes at his…

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  • … John Lort Stokes, naval officer, was Charles Darwin’s cabinmate on the Beagle voyage – not …

Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

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The year 1866 began well for Charles Darwin, as his health, after several years of illness, was now considerably improved. In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of  Origin. Darwin got the fourth…

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  • … In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of On …
  • … On 21 February Darwin received notification from John Murray that stocks of the third edition of  …
  • … out, ‘business would be totally paralysed’. Similarly, John Murray gave as a reason for his decision …
  • … ‘gaieties travelling & War Bulletins’ ( letter from John Murray, 18 July 1866 ). I …

John Maurice Herbert

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John Maurice Herbert was a close friend of Darwin’s at Cambridge University. He was affectionately called ‘Cherbury’ by Darwin, a reference to the seventeenth-century philosopher Edward Herbert, Baron Cherbury, who, like John Herbert, hailed from…

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  • … chapter. Edited by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8. …

Darwin's in letters, 1873: Animal or vegetable?

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Having laboured for nearly five years on human evolution, sexual selection, and the expression of emotions, Darwin was able to devote 1873 almost exclusively to his beloved plants. He resumed work on the digestive powers of sundews and Venus fly traps, and…

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  • … “for Heaven knows when it will be ready” ( letter to John Murray, 4 May [1873] ). Keeping …
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